Friday, May 24 2013 9:24 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:24:18 GMT
Concealed weapon permits are popular certain parts of Louisiana, though some of locations may surprise you. Louisiana Department of Public Safety officials gave a report to state legislators detailingMore >>
Concealed weapon permits are popular in certain parts of Louisiana, though some locations may surprise you.More >>
Police have identified a suspect in the murder of Joseph Massenburg, an 18-year-old AmeriCorps volunteer from Chicago, killed in Carrollton. New Orleans police have obtained an arrest warrant for GlenMore >>
Police have identified a suspect in the murder of Joseph Massenburg, an 18-year-old AmeriCorps volunteer from Chicago, killed in Carrollton.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:45:03 GMT
Officers are on the scene of a deadly shooting in East Feliciana Parish. There is very little information right now, but we're told it happened around 4 p.m. at a home on Highway 10, near Smith Road, justMore >>
Investigators have arrested a suspect in a murder that happened on Friday afternoon in a small community near Clinton.More >>
Organizers of the Bayou Country Superfest have released the schedule of performers for this weekend's event at Tiger Stadium.Saturday5:00 p.m. - Aaron Lewis5:45 p.m. - Thompson Square6:45 p.m. - DariusMore >>
Organizers of the Bayou Country Superfest have released the schedule of performers for this weekend's event at Tiger Stadium.More >>
Even in metro Baton Rouge, many people spent plenty of money after the hurricanes clearing the countless trees that fell. As a new hurricane season kicks off, some homeowners are rushing to get old or dying trees cut down. As WAFB's Cyndi Nguyen reports, that's got the tree man's cell phone and chain saw working overtime.
Blake Tanner and his crews with Tanner Tree Services have been making lots of house calls these days -- an average of 15 appointments a week -- and the visits aren't all about keeping yards beautiful.
"After Katrina and Rita, they are really starting to second guess about things they didn't think about before," says Tanner.
The hurricanes both serve as powerful reminders to what the force of winds can do to trees and homes in their path. These days, Tanner says there are plenty of things people can do to preserve their trees before disaster can strike.
"What they really need to worry about first is watering, watering watering everyday," Tanner explains. "Using a large sprinkler over the base of the entire tree."
And then there are the no-no's -- the things Tanner says most people do too much -- like over-prune their trees. He says a key thing to remember is to remove only dead wood and leave the healthy limbs alone. That way, if a tree does fall, the extra limbs help to break the fall and minimize damage to your home.
Tanner also says make sure the tree company you hire is a licensed and insured company: "There have been a few cases around town where people, they go on the property, hurt themselves and sue the homeowner."
Or in other cases, if an uninsured company damages your home while cutting a tree, your homeowners insurance won't cover the costs.
Just one more thing to keep in mind as hurricane season heats up.
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry has a complete list of licensed arborists by parish. We've linked to their website at the top of this story.